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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for those who are really out of the loop, March 29, 2010
This review is from: Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want (Hardcover)
If you're really out of the loop with current trends, technology and culture, and don't know too many Gen-Y or Gen-X workers, this book likely has information that will help you with your job search.

However, if you're accustomed to working with new technology and people from these generations (or even if you're an older Gex-X person yourself), you're probably not "out of the loop" enough to learn a lot from this book. For example, if you didn't know that Gen-Y wants to communicate by text even if they're across the room from you, you haven't been watching what's been going on in the world around you for the past 5 or more years. That tidbit isn't exactly news to many of us.

Also, the fashion advice in this book is decided biased toward America. Those seeking work in Canada, the UK, New Zealand or Australia would do well to ignore it and follow the norms that apply in their countries. For example, in America, hose = dowdy, but elsewhere, no hose = unfinished and not well put together. I did greatly appreciate the author bucking the Clint Kelly "the best hemline for every woman is right at the bend of the knee" advice trend on skirts, and recommending that each woman should choose the skirt length that is most flattering to them, not what is the current trend. And do workers over 40 really need to know that a casual dress code does not mean that jeans that show one's butt cleavage and muffin top are OK? I think that's more likely to be advice useful to the Gen-Y set.

One piece of advice is to invite a 20-something to peruse your closet and toss anything not current-style. If I did that, I'd end up with nothing but hiphuggers, ugly patterned maternity tops (going out of trend, but still popular after they came into style during the celebrity baby boom a few years ago) and shrugs in my closet! No thanks, I'll keep my Lafayette 148 modern-but-classy blazers and dark skirts in cuts that look good on me until I see someone at my professional level in my industry dressing like a 20-something. ;-) It's decent advice if you want to land a position on a department store sales floor (even then, you'd risk being seen as trying to look much younger than you are), but not necessarily spot-on for the professional services industry.

The book spent entirely too much time on "how to make yourself look younger" via cosmetic procedures, surgical and otherwise. While certainly this is often vital for on-camera "talent" type work where people are "cast" as much as "hired", I don't think it should be as big a part of most job search activities as the author seems to think it should be, given the amount of space dedicated to this and other appearance-related content in the book. Given that the writer has spent most or all of her career in the industry, it's the world she knows. Just don't assume that you, a reader of the book, necessarily inhabit a world with the same values.

The book also includes a couple resume "before and after" examples. I found the "after"s too busy with multiple fonts and full of graphic design for design's sake, making it harder to identify the content rather than easier. But there likely is a happy medium between the two, like using the format suggested for the "new and improved" resumes, but without the visual noise.
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